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DeMint, Flake, Hensarling Lead 2009 Club for Growth Scorecard

Posted on May. 17, 10 | 10:44 AM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Cap and Trade
WASHINGTON – Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and U.S. Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) led a surging pro-growth caucus in the U.S. Congress last year, according to the Club for Growth’s 2009 Congressional Scorecard, released today.

DeMint, Hensarling, and Flake each earned his fifth consecutive perfect score of 100 – one for each of the five years the Club for Growth or the Citizens Club for Growth have published scorecards.  Their adherence to principle was not a surprise to pro-growth conservatives.  What was a surprise was how many of their colleagues joined them to fight the expansion of big government under the Democrats in 2009.  Five Senators joined DeMint with perfect scores, and seven House members joined Hensarling and Flake.

Even beyond the fifteen 100s, the news was good.  Twenty-two of forty Republican Senators scored 90 percent or better, and fifty-eight House Republicans did the same.  Those seventy-nine members will receive the Club’s “Defender of Economic Freedom” award later this year.

"2009 was a tough year for the cause of limited government and economic liberty, but the Club’s scorecard shows a silver lining,” said Club President Chris Chocola.  “Many Republicans are starting to rediscover their pro-growth, pro-freedom roots.  Hopefully, all of  Washington will start to realize the benefits of expanding economic freedom, and the costs of expanding government.”

Perfect scores on the 2009 Club for Growth Congressional Scorecard were earned by Senators Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.); and by U.S. Representatives Jeff Flake, Jeb Hensarling, Tom Price (R-Ga.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), John Linder (R-Ga.), Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Doug Lamborn (R-Col.), Tom McClintock (R-Cal.), and John Shadegg (R-Ariz.).

At the other end of the spectrum, four Senators and seventy-seven Representatives, all Democrats, scored zero.

The full House and Senate scorecards are available at the Club for Growth’s website, here.

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Club PAC-Backed Graves Wins Special Election, Heads to Run-off

Posted on May. 12, 10 | 09:14 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
Club PAC-endorsed candidate, Tom Graves, won last night's special election in Georgia's 9th congressional district.  Because he won with less than 50% of the vote, he'll go to a June 8 run-off against second place finisher, Lee Hawkins.  Here are the totals:

Graves 18,306 35.40%
Hawkins 12,000 23.20%
Tarvin 7,937 15.30%
Cates 6,131 11.80%
Freeman 2,886 5.60%
Stephens 2,083 4.00%
Loftman 1,292 2.50%
Moon 1,123 2.20%
51,758 100.00%


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UPDATED: Live Coverage of the Utah GOP Convention

Posted on May. 08, 10 | 11:22 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
The Utah Republican Party has all the coverage, including live-streaming video.

The first round of balloting has ended.  The top three candidates will move to the second ballot.  Here are the results:

Lee = 28.75%
Bridgewater = 26.84%
Bennett = 25.91%

Eagar = 15.84%
The other 4 candidates split the rest.

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Utah GOP Convention is Tomorrow

Posted on May. 07, 10 | 01:00 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
Senator Bob Bennett's fate could be decided tomorrow when he faces his Republican challengers at the Utah GOP State Convention.

Here's an interesting article in today's POLITICO about how Bennett's colleagues are fretting over the fact that he might lose.  Included is this stark difference of opinion:

Bennett is now widely seen as McConnell’s closest adviser in the Senate.

“He’s been extremely important — not only to me but to the conference, not only this year but in other years,” McConnell said Thursday. “He’s an incredibly effective member of the Senate who, when he speaks, everybody listens.”

[...]Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a spending hawk who has clashed with appropriators, said Bennett wasn’t just fighting for his political life because he’s an incumbent. Rather, it was because of his unapologetic earmarking ways.

“If you look at his record on spending, it’s not good,” Coburn said.
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Primary Night Roundup

Posted on May. 05, 10 | 10:24 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
Here are the primary election results by state.  No huge surprises, although Rep. Dan Burton barely won his primary in IN-05.


North Carolina


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Toomey Hits 50% in New Poll

Posted on Apr. 14, 10 | 09:41 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
From Rasmussen Reports:

Toomey: 50%
Specter: 40%
Other: 4%
Not sure: 6%

Toomey: 47%
Sestak: 36%
Other: 5%
Not sure: 12%


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Utah Governor Blasts Bennett's Healthcare Plan

Posted on Mar. 26, 10 | 09:15 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
From the Salt Lake Tribune [emphasis added]:

Gov. Gary Herbert blasted Congress' efforts to impose health reform Thursday, saying it would be a "budget buster" and insisting it is unconstitutional to require citizens to buy health insurance.

That goes for a similar mandate in legislation that Utah Sen. Bob Bennett has proposed, Herbert said.

"It doesn't matter if it's proposed by a Republican or a Democrat. If it's unconstitutional, it's unconstitutional," Herbert said during his monthly news conference at KUED. "This overreach by the federal government ought to cause us all the heebie jeebies."


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New Poll: Strong Opposition to ObamaCare

Posted on Mar. 15, 10 | 03:48 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
A recent poll conducted by the Polling Company on behalf of Independent Women's Voices offers up some pretty strong numbers against Obama.  From the Wall Street Journal:

The survey consisted of 1,200 registered voters in 35 districts represented by members who could determine the outcome of the health-care debate. Twenty of those members voted for the House bill in November but now may be reconsidering. Fifteen voted against the bill but are under tremendous pressure to change their vote.

The survey shows astonishing intensity and sharp opposition to reform, far more than national polls reflect. For 82% of those surveyed, the heath-care bill is either the top or one of the top three issues for deciding whom to support for Congress next November. (That number goes to 88% among independent women.) Sixty percent want Congress to start from scratch on a bipartisan health-care reform proposal or stop working on it this year. Majorities say the legislation will make them and their loved ones (53%), the economy (54%) and the U.S. health-care system (55%) worse off—quite the trifecta.

Seven in 10 would vote against a House member who votes for the Senate health-care bill with its special interest provisions. That includes 45% of self-identified Democrats, 72% of independents and 88% of Republicans. Three in four disagree that the federal government should mandate that everyone buy a government-approved insurance plan (64% strongly so), and 81% say any reform should focus first on reducing costs. Three quarters agree that Americans have the right to choose not to participate in any health-care system or plan without a penalty or fine.
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FACT CHECK: Misleading Bennett Campaign Owes Utah an Apology

Posted on Mar. 11, 10 | 11:50 AM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Cap and Trade
WASHINGTON – The Club for Growth today called on Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) to explain or retract a false claim made by his re-election campaign yesterday about Bennett’s big-government record in the United States Senate.  According to CNN, Bennett’s campaign said the Club’s claims were “dishonest nonsense” and “dirty politics.”

The three claims at issue – made in both the Club’s television ad now running on Fox News in Utah and in other communications with Utah Republicans leading up to the March 23rd caucuses – are that Bennett "voted to bail out Wall Street, voted for billions in wasteful spending like Alaska's 'Bridge to Nowhere,’” and “even joined with liberals supporting big government healthcare.” 

And as Sen. Bennett and his campaign know well, all three points are objective facts:

FACT:     On October 1, 2008, Bennett voted in favor of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program.  (Vote #213)

FACT:     On October 20, 2005, Bennett voted against an amendment that would have stripped funding for the notorious “Bridge to Nowhere” earmark in Alaska.  (Vote #262)

FACT:    On May 1, 2008, the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation wrote Senator Bennett about S. 334, his “Healthy Americans Act,” co-sponsored with seven Democrats including Ron Wyden (D-OR).  According to the non-partisan analysis, Wyden-Bennett  would  raise taxes $400-$500 billion, mandate individuals to buy health insurance, and spend $1.3 to $1.4 trillion. 

“Every claim the Club for Growth in has made in Utah is a documented fact,” said Club President Chris Chocola.  “Bob Bennett owes an apology for his misleading campaign spin – not to the Club for Growth, but to the people of Utah.  After all these years in Washington, the least Bob Bennett owes his state is an honest debate.”



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It's Official: Democrats to Use Nuclear Option

Posted on Mar. 03, 10 | 11:21 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Cap and Trade
From the POLITICO:

Sen. Tom Harkin told POLITICO that Senate Democratic leaders have decided to go the reconciliation route. The House, he said, will first pass the Senate bill after Senate leaders demonstrate to House leaders that they have the votes to pass reconciliation in the Senate.

Harkin made the comments after a meeting in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office including Harkin and Sens. Baucus, Dodd, Durbin, Schumer and Murray.
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Club for Growth PAC Endorses Two More House Candidates

Posted on Feb. 09, 10 | 12:10 PM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Cap and Trade
WASHINGTON – Club for Growth PAC announced two endorsements today in open-seat races for the U.S. House of Representatives – Wichita businessman Mike Pompeo in Kansas’s 4th district and former state Republican Party Chairman Robin Smith in Tennessee’s 3rd district. 

"Mike Pompeo and Robin Smith are exactly what Washington and America need right now: honest, principled leaders who realize that big government is the problem, not the solution,” said Club President Chris Chocola.

“Mike Pompeo is running for Congress to bring real change to Washington,” Chocola said.  “He is committed to the principles of limited government, economic freedom, and individual choice, and he will be a leader on these issues from day one.”

“Robin Smith is already a pro-growth conservative hero, an all-star ready to step up to the major leagues,” Chocola said.  “She has been fighting for pro-growth principles for two decades, and has a proven record of taking on tax-and-spenders, even in her own party.”

Pompeo graduated first in his class from West Point before serving in the Army and getting his law degree from Harvard.  He is now president of a successful oil equipment company in Wichita.  Kansas’s 4th district seat is being vacated this year by U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

Smith is a longtime conservative activist and has served as county and state party chair.  As Tennessee GOP Chair in 2009, Smith stripped a prominent legislator’s “bona fide” party status after he cut a deal with Democrats to become speaker, preventing him from seeking re-election as a Republican.  Tennessee’s 3rd district seat is being vacated this year by U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, who is running for governor.

Pompeo and Smith are the eighth and ninth candidates Club for Growth PAC has endorsed in the 2010 election cycle.  They join Senators Jim DeMint (S.C.) and Tom Coburn (Okla.), Senate candidates Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.), and House candidates Kevin Calvey (OK-05), Tom Graves (GA-09), and Tim Huelskamp (KS-01).



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